In keeping with the Sept. 6 preliminary budget, the Chippewa County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved a 2012 levy of $8,003,993 this Tuesday.  The increase from $7.6 million in 2011 reflects an increase of 5.25 percent.


In keeping with the Sept. 6 preliminary budget, the Chippewa County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved a 2012 levy of $8,003,993 this Tuesday.  The increase from $7.6 million in 2011 reflects an increase of 5.25 percent.

A total of $4,427,754 was allocated to the County Revenue Fund, $1,174,391 was allocated to the Road and Bridge Fund, $2,160,752 was allocated to the Family Service Fund and $241,095 to the Library Fund.

The board had previously discussed trying to find a way to lower the preliminary budget, but the reality of increasing costs coupled with the loss of Local Government Aid and the repeal of the Market Value Homestead Tax Credit prevented any change.

In other business:
• Land and Resource Management Director Scott Williams spoke with the board of commissioners about forming a Parks and Recreation Advisory Board for the county in order to help prioritize funds, work and projects.

The board was receptive to the idea, and Williams explained that there was already a lot of interest in the county among individuals who wanted to help promote the parks in the county.

“There is lots of momentum,”?Williams said.

The board, if formed, would support state parks, trails and other facilities through marketing and upkeep. There are already funds in the budget for these types of projects, but they go through the board of commissioners for implementation and organization. An advisory board would help streamline the process and make it more effective.

The commissioners scheduled a hearing to form the board during the scheduled meeting on Jan. 17 at 1:30 p.m.